The Rage Against God

The Rage Against God

How Atheism Led Me to Faith

Book - 2010
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Here, for the first time, in his new book The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith. With unflinching openness and intellectual honesty, Hitchens describes the personal loss and philosophical curiosity that led him to burn his Bible at prep school and embrace atheism in its place. From there, he traces his experience as a journalist in Soviet Moscow, and the critical observations that left him with more questions than answers, and more despair than hope for how to live a meaningful life. With first-hand insight into the blurring of the line between politics and the Church, Hitchens reveals the reasons why an honest assessment of Atheism cannot sustain disbelief in God. In the process, he provides hope for all believers who, in the words of T. S. Eliot, may discover "the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2010.
ISBN: 9780310320319
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 06, 2016

Fascinating! I devoured the audio book in 2 days. It's more of a memoir than a point by point defense of religion. His many insights into British society, Soviet society , as well as Christianity, and aetheism are both compelling and extremely thought provoking.

Jun 03, 2016

about the author:
Peter Jonathan Hitchens 1951-
entry in RationalWiki
“Peter Hitchens: diehard antievolutionist”
by Jerry Coyne, author of “Faith vs. Fact – Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible”
about this book:
“The Rage Against God” by Peter Hitchens article from Wikipedia
“If the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn’t exist, why are the planets perfectly shaped like meatballs?”
from Atheist Republic

Feb 06, 2016

God is the greatest of the great He exists,and He created us! He is our Savior. Jesus died for our sins so that we could live.
John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so whoever believes in him will never die but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son. ~ Jerry Bridges

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. ~ Charles Surgeon

Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

1 John 4:8 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love

Revelation 4:11
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ...

Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Mark 16:15-16 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

So go all of you and preach the good news!
God IS GREAT! He is our SAVIOR!

Jul 14, 2012

His comments on Soviet Russia and Communism, of which he has intimiate knowledge, are especially enlightening. I felt that he really doesn't say much about his own conversion from atheism to Christian faith and I would have liked to know more.

Jun 20, 2012

Peter Hitchens, younger brother to the late well-known atheist Christopher Hitchens, comes across as an angry, bitter man. Like his brother and many other teens, Peter rebelled against and rejected his parents' religion, politics, and values. Unlike his brother, he found his way back to Christianity in his 30s. This somewhat rambling and unstructured but stylish and literate book is Peter's response to his brother's attention-getting attacks against religion.

Hitchens, born in England in 1951, was raised with a great reverence for his country and his God. But post-war economic and political troubles left him disillusioned and adrift. He apparently did some bad things as a teenager and young adult, things he doesn't detail, but about which he still feels much guilt and remorse. Fear of eternal judgement for these acts, combined with new parenthood, seems to be what brought him back to the church. But the church he came back to was not the one he left. He spends the middle section of the book complaining about how church texts, rituals, and even doctrines have been modernized and watered down. Hitchens seems to have very conservative views and feels religion is supposed to be fearsome and difficult. He misses what he believes were the poetry and nobility of bygone days.

The final third of the book is a rant against the Godlessness of Soviet Communism. It is not clear why this section is there. He may believe all atheists are Communists and so attacking one is a way of attacking the other.

Hitchens's arguments are weak at best and lacking foundation or support. He makes claims without attempting to justify them, such as stating that it's self-evident that only God can define right and wrong. He admits he is not a historian, philosopher, or Bible scholar. He's a Christian journalist with his own views on why religion, Christianity specifically (although medieval Christianity was better than the modern variety), matters. He is, however, a very stylish writer who can turn a phrase with elegance.

Ultimately, this book will not, I think, convince any atheist to return to faith. It is more memoir than instruction and really applies only to Christopher Hitchens.

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